26 Feb 2024

Ghazal Maestro Pankaj Udhas, Singer of Timeless Melodies Like 'Chitthi Aayi Hai', Passes Away

Ghazal legend Pankaj Udhas, aged 72, breathed his last on Monday in Mumbai after battling a prolonged illness. Confirming the sad news on social media, his daughter Nayyab expressed, "With a heavy heart, we announce the demise of Padma Shri Pankaj Udhas on February 26, 2024, due to a prolonged illness." His final rites are scheduled for Tuesday.

According to Udhas' representative, he had been unwell for several days and passed away around 11 am at Breach Candy hospital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended condolences, praising Udhas as a beacon of Indian music whose melodies resonated across generations.

Udhas initially aspired to learn tabla

Born into a musically inclined family in Gujarat, Pankaj Udhas, the youngest of three brothers, initially aspired to learn tabla but later found his passion in ghazals. With iconic works like "Chitthi Aayi Hai" from Naam and "Na Kajre Ki Dhar" from Mohra, he earned fame for his velvety voice. Udhas, who delved into ghazals after his debut in the film Kamna, learned Urdu to enhance his craft and delighted audiences with over 50 albums and numerous compilations.

Udhas also appeared in films

Apart from his musical contributions, Pankaj Udhas appeared in films such as Naam, Yeh Dillagi, Saajan, and Phir Teri Kahaani Yaad Aayee. Fans poured tributes on social media, recognizing the end of an era in ghazal music. Survived by his wife Farida Ushas and daughters Nayaab and Reva, Pankaj Udhas leaves behind a legacy that has left an indelible mark on the world of music.

Madhya Pradesh's Deputy CM Rajendra Shukla has expressed condolence on the demise of famous ghazal singer, Padmashree Shri Pankaj Udhas. He said that this is an irreparable loss for the music world. Shukla has prayed to God to give place to the departed soul at the feet and strength to the bereaved family and fans to bear this grief.

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